SONY ALPHA 57
Sony, $799 (body) sony.com.au ★★★★ Photographers who are confident enough to set their own shutter speed but not ready to tackle bracketing and exposure settings unaccompanied should appreciate this mid-range Sony Alpha camera. The A57 is a little bigger than its A55 predecessor, making it easier to grip, and also sports a 16.1-megapixel resolution, a movable 3-inch screen and a built-in electronic viewfinder. This camera also features a translucent mirror, making it quick to focus and capture photos (up to 10 per second). Sony also has a gimmicky new feature called Auto Portrait Framing that works in conjunction with Smile Shutter. Together, they can identify a smiling face, snap a portrait and save two versions of it, one cut down to optimal proportions. Its viewfinder and image noise could be better.